Humanities Festival Presenter Bios | Casper College, Wyoming

Humanities Festival Presenter Bios

Amanda L. Anderson, Ph.D.

Amanda L. Anderson is an assistant professor of English at Delaware State University where in addition to teaching literature, theater, and writing classes, she also directs theatrical productions. Her article, “Manufactured Maidens: Representations of Artificial Life in ‘Beauty and the Beast’” appears in Critical Perspectives on Artificial Humans in Children's Literature. She also recently directed an original hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Barbara Bragg

To be a Bragg is to tell the family stories in your own way. She took to the theater at a young age and, as such, was entrusted with furthering the family legacy. Bragg went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah and a master’s degree at Yale University before going to New York City, where she worked on off-Broadway productions. She has lived in Los Angeles since 1995, working as a writer, actor, and producer. Bringing her father, Bill Bragg, Jr’s., work to the stage has been a longtime dream. She previously wrote and acted in a solo performance of “The Ten Sleep Mail,” one of his short stories.

Jared Bush

Jared Bush is a director and screenwriter at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He served as co-director and co-screenwriter of the Oscar®-winning feature “Zootopia” as well as screenwriter of the Oscar®-nominated feature “Moana,” making him the first writer to have written two Academy Award®-nominated animated features in the same year. Bush also served as co-creator and executive producer of Disney XD's animated comedy adventure series “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.” Bush is also a member of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Story Trust team, a group of directors and writers who help develop every studio feature, including Oscar winners “Big Hero 6” and “Frozen.” Bush, who began his career as a script reader for Academy Award®-winning director Robert Zemeckis, worked as a staff writer on the series “Baby Bob,” starring Adam Arkin and Elliott Gould. Bush added producing to his repertoire, serving as executive story editor and co-producer of Will Smith's series “All of Us.” Bush has developed original television series for Revolution Studios, Fox, and NBC, and feature film projects for New Line Cinema, Columbia/Tristar, and 20th Century Fox. A Harvard University graduate with a degree in English and American literature, Bush is an avid traveler who has visited 40 countries on six continents. He is also an accomplished trombone player and jazz musician. Bush resides in Los Angeles with his college sweetheart, three sons, and an 80-pound pit bull and is currently developing a new feature, which he will write and direct with long-time collaborator Byron Howard for Disney Animation. 

Joseph Campbell, Ph.D.

Joseph Campbell gained his doctorate from Illinois State University and teaches English at Casper College. He studies science fiction and dystopian literature, especially when it is aimed at a Young Adult audience. His article, “The Treatment for Stirrings: Dystopian Literature for Adolescents” appears as a chapter in the anthology, “Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature” from Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Adam Ewing

Lyric baritone Adam Ewing currently serves as affiliate professor of voice at Regis University in Denver. He made his operatic debut as Major General Stanley in “The Pirates of Penzance” with Loveland Opera and his orchestral debut as the lead of the barbershop quartet in “The Music Man” with the Colorado Symphony. His favorite dramatic roles include Schaunard in “La Boheme,” the Celebrant in “Bernstein’s Mass,” Sondheim in “Side by Side by Sondheim,” John Brooke in “Little Women,” and Gianni Schicchi. He regularly performs with Central City Opera’s Education and Community Engagement ensemble, Opera on Tap, and the Denver Early Music Consort. No stranger to the oratorio stage, Ewing has sung Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” and “Five Mystical Songs” at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and Fauré’s “Requiem” throughout the United States. In addition to dramatic works, Ewing is an avid performer of art song. In the summer of 2013, he was one of six singers chosen for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar where he studied with Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith. He also spent a month in Canada at the Vancouver International Song Institute. He has sung in masterclasses and recitals for William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, and Colorado composer Bob Spillman, whose songs he will be recording this summer.

Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde spent 20 years in the film business before debuting on the New York Times Bestseller list with “The Eyre Affair” in 2001. Since then he has written another 12 novels. Fforde's writing is an eclectic mix of genres, which might be described as a joyful blend of comedy-sci-fi-thriller-crime-satire. He freely admits that he is fascinated not just by books themselves, but by the way we read and what we read, and his reinvigoration of tired genres has won him many enthusiastic supporters across the world. Among Fforde's output are police procedurals featuring nursery rhyme characters; a series for young adults about magic and dragons set in a shabby world of failing magical powers; and “Shades of Grey” a post-apocalyptic dystopia set three world orders into the future, where social hierarchy is based on the colors you can see.

Pam Jones

Pam Jones is the organizational developer for the Center for Excellence at Casper College. Her educational background includes an A.S. in general studies, a B.S. in communications, and an M.S.M. in change leadership. She is currently completing her doctoral studies in transformational leadership. Jones also holds several certifications including training and development from the Association for Talent Development, Texas A&M University, Myers-Briggs Step I & II and DiSC Personality Inventory. Her personal time consists of teaching community education courses – mostly cooking, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Casper College courses and catechism. She also works with several nonprofits and sits on these boards: Friends of the Library, The Science Zone, Seton House, Three Trails Employee and Family Assistance Program, and the North American Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development. Jones is married to Lance Jones, and they have a 20-year-old son, Ryan, as well as three dogs, Mick, Murphy, and Molly.

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona

Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona, Ph.D., is the author of the “Coyote” trilogy. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine, via a social constructionist model. Mehl-Madrona has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980s. Mehl-Madrona is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine. His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes.

Maria Rose Wimmer

Maria Rose Wimmer was born in Montana and has worked and lived throughout the West. She began formal art training at 13. In 1999 she attended college at Eastern New Mexico University on the Lorraine Schula Scholarship for Art. Rose later received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana, and her master’s in art history from the University of Denver. She moved to Casper, Wyoming, in 2009 and since then her work has been seen locally at the Corridor Gallery, the Goodstein Gallery, and The Nicolaysen Art Museum as well as nationally. In 2017 Rose exhibited in several group shows as well as a solo-exhibition at the Paris-Gibson Art Museum. She was also the 2017 recipient of the Tom West Award. Rose has work in private collections throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

Meghan Rowswell

Meghan Rowswell creates organic fiber sculptures and installations inspired by plants using found fabrics and materials. She displays a wide range of textile-related processes to create texture and structures that transform space inspired by Japanese flower arrangements. She has exhibited in galleries and art spaces across the United States. Rowswell received a bachelor’s in art history from Hastings College in 2009. She has also lived and exhibited in Japan. In 2014 she became a fifth level instructor of the Ohara Sschool of Ikebana. She is passionate about bringing the tradition of Japanese flower arranging to American students through teaching workshops at the Kemper Contemporary Museum of Art and Powell Gardens. She was formerly a resident of Art Farm Nebraska and an Artist Inc. Kansas City fellow. Rowswell is a member of a four-artist group, The Polyartery Collective, that are recipients of the Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC and the Interpretive Grant from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, as well as semi-finalists for the Rocket Grant in 2017 for their immersive art experience, “Weaving the River.”

Steven T. Seagle

Steven T. Seagle is a co-founder of the bi-coastal collective Man of Action Entertainment, creators of the global franchise “BEN 10” on Cartoon Network, with Seagle as an executive producer and story editor, and “BIG HERO 6,” for which he co-created the original team and characters featured in Disney/Marvel's Academy Award®-winning feature. With Man of Action, Seagle has also created the series “Generator Rex” and the forthcoming “Mega Man,” both for Cartoon Network, and previously developed and executive produced Disney XD's “Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Marvel's Avengers Assemble.” Their newest creation, “Zak Storm,” recently premiered on Netflix. Seagle met his Man of Action partners while working on Marvel and DC Comics' most prized franchises from X-Men to Superman. Seagle’s original graphic novels are published under the Man of Action imprint at Image Comics and include the Eisner-nominated noir thriller “KAFKA,” “The Crusades,” “Soul Kiss,” “The Red Diary/The RE[a]D Diary,” “Imperial” and the kid-friendly story books “Batula” and “Frankie Stein.” He debuted “Camp Midnight” as both a Free Comic Book Day Gold Level book and an original graphic novel in 2016 as well as “Solstice.” Other comics work include his semi-autobiographical graphic novel “it's a bird...” and “House of Secrets,” both from DC Comics/Vertigo, “Genius” from 1:2, which USA Today named one of the best graphic novels of 2013, and in 2018, Seagle debuts “Get Naked,” a new graphic essay collection. Man of Action are the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming live-action feature films and TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including “I Kill Giants,” “Officer Downe,” “KAFKA,” “The Crusades,” “Soul Kiss” and “The Great Unknown.” If you want to know more about Man of Action, you can follow them at their not-so-secret headquarters on the web at http://www.ManOfAction.TV Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/ManOfActionEnt 

Adriana Teodoro-Dier, DMA

Adriana Teodoro-Dier, DMA, is currently on faculty at Regis University in Denver. A versatile solo and collaborative artist, she performs in classical recitals, cabaret shows, and indie gigs along Colorado’s Front Range. She received a doctoral of musical arts in collaborative piano from the University of Miami, an MM in piano performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and a BM/BA in piano performance and physics) from Lawrence University. She is also a visual artist.